Monday, November 30, 2009
Just Opened on Friday, November 27, 2009
"Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5" - Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich; David Zinman, cond. Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchestra continue their excellent Mahler cycle for RCA Red Seal. In Hybrid SuperAudio CD format. (RCA Red Seal 886973145029 / 31450)
"Franz Schubert: Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Volume 1" - Julia Fischer, violin; Martin Helmchen, piano. Although Fischer now records for the Decca label, the bulk of her discography comes from her first label, PentaTone Classics, from which comes this new release. Three Sonatas, Op. 137, plus the "Rondo Brilliant" in b minor, Op. 70. In Hybrid SuperAudio CD format. (PentaTone Classics 827949034763 / PTC 5186 347)
"Dvorak/Szymanowski: Violin Concertos" - Arabella Steinbacher, violin; Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin; Marek Janowski, cond. Just a couple years older than Julia Fischer, German-born violinist Arabella Steinbacher made her concert debut about the same time Fischer made her recording debut with PentaTone Classics. For her own CD debut on PentaTone, Steinbacher chose the Violin Concerto and Romance, Op. 11 by Dvorak, and the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Karol Szymanowski, both performed with the Berlin Radio Symphony directed by Marek Janowski. In Hybrid SuperAudio CD format. (PentaTone Classics 827949035364 / PTC 5186 353)
"Yuja Wang: Sonatas and Etudes - Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt, Ligeti" - Yuja Wang, piano. Listeners to "Performance Today" on WSCL have already heard this bright young Chinese pianist, here making her recording debut with Sonatas by Chopin, Liszt, and Scriabin - the Sonata No. 2 by Chopin, Liszt's b-minor Sonata, and Scriabin's Sonata No. 2 in b minor. To provide a further connecting link, and contrast, in between the larger works are two etudes by 20th-Century composer Gyorgy Ligeti. (Deutsche Grammophon 028947781806 / B0012534-02)
"Edin Karamazov: The Lute is a Song" - Edin Karamazov, lute; various artists. In the liner notes to this release, Sting describes Karamazov as a lutenist who takes risks, and he certainly does in this varied program. Included is a duet with Sting on one of his songs, "Alone with my Thoughts this Evening;" "Dido's Lament" by Henry Purcell with Renee Fleming, and a Handel aria with countertenor Andreas Scholl. But it's the solo lute pieces where Karamazov really takes off - an electric lute version of a cuban rhumba by Leo Brouwer; Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor scored for lute, and Carlo Domeniconi's "Koyunbaba." (L'Oiseau-Lyre/Decca 028947810773 / B0013278-2)
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